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Alex is from Long Island, New York and graduated from St. Joseph's College. He served as a secondary mathematics teacher and basketball coach from 2011-2014 in Liberia. Alex plans on teaching Mathematics and coaching basketball at the high school grade level in New York City. He believes that education and a worldly view are the essential tools that foster the path and passion for each individual's life.

Meredith grew up in Westchester, New York. She attended Duke University and majored in her favorite subject, mathematics. After college, she traveled to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps, where her main projects focused on women and girl's empowerment. Meredith has taught in many countries, including Turkey, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Most recently, she taught at an all-girls high school that focuses on outdoor education and traveling. As a student at Columbia's Teachers College, Meredith is studying for a masters in mathematics education.

Kelly grew up in Damascus, Maryland and attended McDaniel College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. For three years she worked at a Maryland high school as a secretary and program development coordinator. She also volunteered with two organizations which serve at-risk youth in her community. From 2012-2014 she served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in northern Burkina Faso. During her service, Kelly worked with community partners to open a preschool and develop the first early childhood education program in her village. She also published culturally appropriate children's books, hosted anti-violence and student rights workshops, and tutored primary and secondary school students.

Ronja is a New Yorker who has been working in education and the arts for the past ten years. After graduating from Brooklyn College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education and a minor in Fine Arts, she served with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Ronja taught middle school English, developed an anti-violence teacher-training workshop, and led weekly girls empowerment clubs. Upon returning to the States, Ronja worked as a Child Development Specialist providing parenting workshops to mothers affected by HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. While studying at Teachers College, Ronja will be working as an elementary school teacher focusing on Intellectual Disabilities and Autism.

Jen grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and had her first experience of independent academic life and self-government as a participant in the Telluride Association Summer Program in 2004. She pursued a B.A. in Classics at Washington University (WU) in St. Louis, where she was a Howard Nemerov Writing Fellow and peer tutor at the WU Writing Center. She also tutored young readers and writers in the St. Louis Public School system. After graduation, she returned to Lawrence to serve as Volunteer Coordinator at the Plymouth ESL program for adult learners. In 2012 she embarked for Peace Corps service in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. While in Vanuatu she co-taught English and led literacy workshops on Tanna island. She also led a school-wide reading baseline survey, initiated a reading program, and established a resource library at a school in Port Vila. She looks forward to teaching Social Studies with an emphasis on literacy development, service learning, and student self-government.

A rural Minnesota native, Kateri has worked in diverse education contexts. While earning her B.A. in English from Cornell University, she guided youth canoe trips in Canada and taught in various outdoor education programs. She then went to Mexico, first as a Curriculum Development and Outreach Intern for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and later as a TEFL-certified teen mentor and English teacher for Casa Franciscana. Kateri later joined Peace Corps China where she served as a University English Teacher for two years, teaching American Literature and English Teaching Methodologies to first-generation college students in Guizhou Province. She began her career in urban education as an Associate Educator for Minneapolis Public Schools before joining the 2015 Peace Corps Fellows cohort at Teachers College.

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Amy is originally from Horsham, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy University with degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. Throughout college Amy worked with children with special needs as an assistant applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist and tutor. After graduation she taught 1st and 8th grade at a private school for children with learning disabilities. From 2011-2014 Amy worked as an English co-teacher in a small village in the Republic of Macedonia as a Peace Corps volunteer. She was selected to be a teacher trainer to help prepare new Peace Corps volunteers to work in Macedonian schools. Additionally, she served as the communication coordinator for GLOW, a girl’s leadership camp, provided homework assistance and led other various after school activities. Working with children with special needs, especially children with intellectual disabilities and autism, has always been a passion for Amy. She is excited to have the opportunity to study and teach as a Peace Corps Fellow in New York City. 

Caitlin is from upstate New York and holds a degree in Art education from Georgia State University. She served in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa from 2011-2014, where she taught vocational art at schools for the deaf. At the schools, Caitlin trained teachers in sign language, cultivated a farm, generated student led health clubs, and renovated libraries. She collaborated with a group of deaf teachers to produce a 1500 word Ghanaian Sign Language Dictionary. Caitlin worked with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education to develop a health curriculum and HIV/AIDS manual, which is used nationally in schools for the deaf. She facilitated a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camp and designed a leadership camp for deaf students. After her return from Ghana, Caitlin worked for Youth Advocacy Program by promoting self-advocacy and support systems for children with Autism. She looks forward to working in a New York City elementary school in correlation to being a fellow in the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism program at Columbia's Teachers College.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Olivia attended the University of Wisconsin -- Eau Claire and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Secondary English Education. She served with the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan in 2013 & 2014. While in Azerbaijan, Olivia worked with the regional Ministry of Education as a teacher trainer, leading bi-monthly trainings for area English educators and co-teaching English courses in various grade levels. Outside of school hours, Olivia facilitated advanced English language courses for area professionals and students pursuing education abroad, while also working as an editor for PCAZ's official blog. As a Peace Corps Fellows, Olivia intends to teach middle school English and continue her commitment to encouraging and inspiring all students to reach and live at their highest, full potential.

Nathan calls Florida home, where he has spent most of his life and academic career, including graduating from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy as well as a minor in Spanish Language. He was granted the 2011 John and Dorothy Iorio Award for Outstanding English Undergraduate upon completion of his English Honors Thesis. Afterward, he gained a wealth of international and cultural experience studying in southern Spain, traveling through Europe and West Africa; during his Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone, he taught English Language Arts at junior and senior secondary Schools. As a Language Arts teacher in rural Sierra Leone, Nathan committed himself to many community projects, which included a malaria awareness campaign, a girl's leadership conference, and literacy programs culminating in the creation of a new school library. Nathan expects to complete his Master of Arts in Secondary English Education by 2017 as part of the current Peace Corps Fellows Cohort at Columbia's Teachers College.

Bryan is a native of Washington State; he has been working in education and youth development since 2007. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English with Creative Writing Emphasis from the University of Washington in 2007. After working as both a museum guide and community college writing center tutor for several years, Bryan joined the Peace Corps and served as both an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer for two years in Cambodia. He extended his service for one further year to work as a Curriculum Development Advisor, serving as the liaison between Peace Corps Cambodia and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport. Bryan is a member of the 2015 Peace Corps Fellows cohort and will be graduating with his M.A. in the Teaching of English in the spring of 2017.

Brian grew up on Long Island, NY in a town called Bayport. He attended Bayport-Blue Point High School and Binghamton University, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry and then went to Georgia Tech for a Masters degree (also in Chemistry). After completing graduate school, he joined the Peace Corps where he served as a Chemistry & Math teacher at a collge in Guinea, in a petite village called Kokoulo. Brian also co-led the first national science camp in Guinea prior to being evacuated due to Ebola in 2014. He plans to teach high school chemistry where he hopes to spark a love of science and develop a sense of inquisitiveness in his students.

Julie Sullivan
Julie hails from Massachusetts and graduated from Suffolk University in Boston 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. After graduation, Julie served as a full time AmeriCorps volunteer in the St. Louis Public School system as an education volunteer. During her service, Julie and her AmeriCorps teammates oversaw the organization and implementation of the school’s first field day activities for the students, as well as two book fairs giving every student in the school at least two books to own. After her service with AmeriCorps Julie joined the Peace Corps and saw herself placed as a literacy tutor in a rural Jamaican school. Upon completion of her two years of service, Julie saw over 1,000 books added to her school library, the creation of a literacy center for the school teachers, the creation of both a book club and arts club, and grew the school’s volleyball program to a parish championship in 2014.

A Connecticut native, Gabrielle graduated from Emerson College in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Print and Multimedia Journalism. She received her TEFL certification following graduation; shortly after, she moved to Madagascar to serve as a TEFL Volunteer with the Peace Corps. While in Madagascar, Gabrielle taught 6th and 11thgrade English in urban public schools as well as weekly English courses for employees of two local NGOs. She also facilitated conversation classes, film screenings, and children's programs at a local English resource facility. In her second year of service, Gabrielle co-designed and led a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp for young women in her region that focused on reproductive health and female empowerment. As a result of her experiences in Madagascar, Gabrielle decided to pursue a degree in education. Currently, she is working towards a M.A. in Intellectual Disability and Autism Education at Teachers College.

Having been born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Kimberle attended Temple University, where she encountered a professor who served in Peace Corps Afghanistan. He introduced her to the limitless possibilities of service. Their subsequent conversations became the catalyst for her own Peace Corps Morocco Adventure. Having always had a passion for technology, philosophy, and the essence of human communication, Kimberle grew to immensely enjoy teaching English, among other things, to the Moroccan youth of my local Dar Chabab (youth center). It was there in that tiny town, so far from home, that she developed what could be called her more expanded world view. Kimberle observed the education systems, both at home and abroad. She can remember scanning the small, smiling faces of her students and thinking simply, we can do better. As a result of these experiences, she is very excited to have been granted the opportunity to teach English to middle school children here in the United States, while learning all she can in Teachers College at Columbia University.